St. John Ambulance is celebrating Canada's 150 birthday by looking to reward 150 heroes across the country.

They are looking to honour people who have saved others.

Kim Laing, vice president of public relations and business development, says the charity was here before Canada was a country so it's only fitting they help to mark the birthday.

"We really wanted to highlight the importance of first aid, first aid training, and honour those, who with no rewards and no expectations choose to step up and save the life of another person."

Two years ago Laing said an eight-year-old autistic boy, who was almost non-verbal, got the award for saving his mom.

"His mother was a brittle diabetic and they had taught him how to call 911 and what to do if she was ever unresponsive. He not only called 911 he knew to go outside and wait for the ambulance. You can appreciate being severely autistic, how difficult this was, and not only did he do it, but he did it so perfectly it saved his mothers life."

Laing said there are many people who come forward to St. John to share stories like these.
"It's through many, many different sources we get names and we do validate to make sure they were life saving events."

It can be something simple as calling for help to pulling someone out of a burning building.

"Amazing stories and people and they do it for zero recognition. Our life saving awards are very prestigious."

If you are aware of people who have used first aid, even if it wasn't successful, Laing says they would love to be able to honour them.

To nominate someone call 1- 800-665-7144.

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